Wyvern Academy Weymouth

Our vision


To prepare our young people for the lives they're going to live; to support our families and to help make the world a better place for people with disabilities.


Ofsted rating and age range

Ofsted rating: good.

Read our latest Ofsted report.

We accept pupils aged from 2 to 19 years old.

Needs supported

We support a range of complex needs including:

  • severe learning difficulties (SLD)
  • profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD)
  • autism
  • physical disabilities
  • sensory impairment
  • challenging behaviour
  • complex medical needs

Admission criteria

We admit pupils with an education, health and care (EHC) plan.
Admission is through the local authority panel process.


Our curriculum has:

  • personalised targets
  • rich, varied experiences
  • focus on communication
  • independence
  • personal and social development
  • mobility and community participation
  • integrated therapies
  • specialist classes for autism
  • sensory diets
  • attention autism
  • intensive interaction
  • the TEACCH approach


We offer:

  • ASDAN Personal Progress (Key Stage 4)
  • OCR Life and Living Skills (post 16)

One young man with Down's Syndrome had had several unsatisfactory placements in different schools before being admitted to Wyvern Academy. His behaviour had restricted his access to social and learning opportunities significantly. After one year with psychological and behavioural support and a nurturing approach he is now accessing the full curriculum, has made some lovely friendships and is making great progress with his learning goals.

Wellbeing and therapies

We have:

  • a mental health-friendly school
  • a school nurse from Monday to Friday
  • speech and language therapy (SALT)
  • physiotherapy
  • the MOVE programme (Centre of Excellence)
  • occupational therapy
  • drama therapy
  • rebound therapy
  • hydrotherapy
  • a parent support advisor
  • visual and hearing impairment support
  • clinical and educational psychologist support

Facilities and environment

We have:

  • a purpose-built special school which is fully accessible
  • a hydrotherapy pool
  • a sensory room with interactive projector system
  • a soft play room
  • zoned play areas with accessible equipment
  • a new sensory garden
  • a sixth form horticulture garden
  • walking access to secondary school facilities, sports centre, local nature area, parks and shops
  • a large school hall
  • 5- star-rated catering
  • a fleet of minibuses for excursions
  • a campus setting with secondary, primary and preschool links

Next steps and transitions

Special school places are not always permanent. Every year a child or young person's special school placement will be reviewed as part of their education, health and care (EHC) plan review process and will discuss various options including:

  • pathway into adulthood
  • life skills
  • developing independence
  • sixth form choices
  • Local Offer after 16 years and after 19 years

"We are very happy with her progress; her social skills have improved and she is very happy to come to school."


"... he truly enjoys school and comes home happy and tired."


"Since starting at Wyvern his speech and communication have improved."


Wyvern Academy

Name: Bruce Douglas, headteacher
Email: office@wyvern.dorset.sch.uk
Tel: 01305817917
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